Hot news 95-11-01

HOT F1 NEWS ISSUE 15 01.11.95 Some current F1 news for those not able to get stories quickly. My comments are in the braces(), and they are my personal opinions. Regards, Ian. ...

HOT F1 NEWS ISSUE 15 01.11.95

Some current F1 news for those not able to get stories quickly. My comments are in the braces(), and they are my personal opinions.

Regards, Ian.

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Japanese GP Results - Suzuka 29/10/95 -------------------------------------

1. Schumacher  (Benetton) *Pole *Fastest Lap
2. Hakkinen    (McLaren)
3. Herbert     (Benetton)
4. Irvine      (Jordan)
5. Panis       (Ligier)
6. Salo               (Tyrrell)

Drivers Championshp: Schumacher 102, Hill 59, Coulthard 49, Herb 45, Alesi 42

Constructors Championshp: Benetton 137, Williams 102, Ferrari 73, McLaren 27

1 round to go. (Australia)

Drivers Champion : Micheal Schumacher Constructors Champion: Benetton

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* Micheal Schumacher underlined his superiority at Suzuka with a masterly drive in the dominant Benetton. Schumacher having qualified on pole had brief pressure from the superb Jean Alesi but when this subsided Schumacher won easily. His ninth win of the season means he equals Nigel Mansell's 1992 record of 9 wins in a season. Micheal has called this season his "Season of Dreams" , and as well he might because if he wins in Adelaide and Damon Hill fails to finish, Schumacher will win the championship by the highest points margin ever.

With Johnny Herbert getting third it was a great weekend for Benneton when they picked up the Constructors title for the first time on the back of 9 wins fom Schumacher and 2 from Herbert. Johnny has been linked with Tyrell for next season.

* Qualifying was quite a painfull affair at Suzuka. Poor Mark Blundell had a horrifying 170mph shunt on day 1 and could not drive on the Saturday and had to start from the back of the grid. Aguri Suzuki has announced his retirement after a heavy crash during qualifying on Saturday. This means that the "Jordan bound" Martin Brundle will drive in Adelaide after all.

* It was a very good weekend for the McLaren team. Mark Blundell drove an exceptional race to finish 7th after starting from the back of the grid, however Mika Hakinnen was the hilight with an amazing and deserved 2nd place , only 20 seconds behind Schumacher. This marks a signifcant step for Ron Dennis's team as they fight to get back to the front. Mclaren haven't won since Senna won the last race of 1993.

Mark Blundell will drive in Australia for his last race with McLaren and not Jan Magnussen as has been suggested.

* The magical Jean Alesi made every one gasp with his thrilling display around the Japanese circuit. Having qualified an excellent 2nd on the grid he suffered an early stop-go penalty for a "jump start" and a slight diversion on to the grass. He was then _again_ very quick using slicks on a damp track as he blasted past Hill and the other leading drivers to come within 1 second of Schumacher before a drive-shaft failure put an end to the Frenchman's challenge.

Gehard Berger had a miserable race. He also had to come into the pits early on for a 10 second stop-go penalty after an alledged "jump start" and then retired with engine failure.

( When are they going to get these stupid jump start errors sorted out - neither driver gained anything by moving 2mm before the lights went green ! )

* Suzuka was a total disaster for the Williams team. They were never really on the pace and Hill and Coulthard qualified in a relatively poor 4th and 6th place. In the race neither driver could match Alesi, Schumacher or even Hakkinen for pace and it all came to a sorry end at the Spoon corner. Hill spun once and then having regained his position on the track he spun again and ended his race in what can only be described as driver error. Hill says that there was oil and water on that part of the circuit which would explain why Irvine and Blundell also got caught out at the same point of the circuit. Irvine went on to finish 4th for Jordan and Blundell 7th. David Coulthard also spun and "loaded" his side-pods with gravel but regained the track. Unfortunately when he braked at the next corner all the dirt was flung ahead of the car and David spun on the debris.

There where reportedly heated discussions between the drivers, FW and Patrick Head on the weekend shambles. Damon quoted the phrase which FW always says "We win together and we lose together". FW says that Damon has gone off the boil a few times this year but is improving with every race.

Reports of Damon Hill being ousted are not true. Next seasons line up will be Damon Hill and the hot young Canadian, Jaques Villenueve.

* Other drivers are on the move. Pedro Diniz will move from Forti to Ligier to partner the disapointing Panis.

* Jos Verstappaen the underatted Dutch ace will get another chance to impress next season as he moves to Arrows.

* Mark Blundell has been linked with a drive at Sauber to partner Frentzen next year but may have a go at Indy Car. Sauber were mightily unimpressed with Wendlingers return to F1. The excuse of not driving in F1 for a long time didn't wash in the light of recent impressive performances from Pedro Lamy and Jan Magnussen.

* And finally, Mika Hakkinen summed up his feelings in the post-race interview after a well deserved runners-up spot on the podium:-

" I feel great. The car was great in qualifying, great at the start of the race and great at the end. In fact, everything is great ! "

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A Note from the Editor ----------------------

HOT F1 News will continue next season, and I will produce reports during the winter.

I will now post additionally to RAS.info.

Thanks for the support, Ian.

ISSUE 16 After Australia

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Copyright 1995 by Ian Howell. Distribution for non-commercial purposes only permitted without the written prior consent of the author.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Jean Alesi , David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Jan Magnussen , Nigel Mansell , Mark Blundell , Pedro Lamy , Martin Brundle , Damon Hill , Patrick Head , Aguri Suzuki , Pedro Diniz
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Benetton , Jordan